Oil is the New Sugar by Carl Mayfield

fossil fuel
puts our cars in the driver’s seat
as we zip our destruction along
a sweet spot we once called
                                        the earth
the only place we can live
without a puffy suit

lacking the courage
to face withdrawal
we fail to see
the only intervention
is remembering
that machines
                can be turned off
and a walk
is a wonderful way
to prevent bedsores

Carl Mayfield’s most recent chapbooks are All the Way Up and High Desert Cameos. Lacking the decency to be discouraged, he pushes on.


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